Posted on Nov 11, 2022

New Orleans CityBusiness has chosen its 2022 Leadership in Law class, recognizing area professionals in the field of law for their career and community accomplishments. The honorees for the 18th annual event are:

Court associated

Danny Dysart

Barksdale Hortenstine Jr.


Susan F. Clade

Firm associated

Camille R. Bryant

Cami Capodice

Chloé M. Chetta

Richard F. Cortizas

Nicholas V. Cressy

Susan E. Dinneen

Stephen I. Dwyer

Katie Dysart

Jonathan S. Forester

Byron Miller Forrest

Amber Barlow Garcia

Maureen Brennan Gershanik

Pablo Gonzalez

Alan H. Goodman

Jackie E. Hickman

S. Eliza James

Alexis P. Joachim

Terrence K. Knister

Noah Kressler

Erin E. Kriksciun

Caroline D. Lafourcade

Alex Lauricella

Thomas J. McGoey II

Amy L. McIntire

Mark Melasky

Walter F. Metzinger III

Randy Opotowsky

Mike Parks

Daniel Plunkett

Aldric C. (Ric) Poirier Jr.

Kelly Ransom

R. Devin Ricci

Mary Ellen Roy

Kristi S. Schubert

Philip Sherman

Scott Sternberg

Adam M. Stumpf

Lynn E. Swanson

Lauren L. Tafaro

Paul Thibodeaux

Brooke C. Tigchelaar

Peter S. Title

David Vicknair

Bryant S. York

In-house counsel

Midge Collett

RuthAnne Oakey-Frost

Darryl M. Phillips

We are proud to announce that our own David Vicknair has been selected as a winner of the 2022 Leadership in Law Award hosted by CityBusiness!  David is honored to accept the award and looks forward to continuing to serve the New Orleans community.

Leadership in Law

David Vicknair was a college football player who thought seriously about becoming a football coach after he graduated. However, a family friend who is a successful football coach steered him away from that line of work. Vicknair moved to New Orleans to enroll at Loyola Law School and hasn’t looked back. He now specializes in personal injury and maritime injury law.

Working on contingency allows Vicknair and his firm to help clients that may not be able to afford a higher rate hourly attorney, he said. Scott Vicknair is a litigation-centric firm, Vicknair said, and he always enjoys working with opposing lawyers in court.

The pandemic upended most of that as outbreaks shuttered courtrooms repeatedly. “It was a constant shifting of goalposts,” he said. “Because of COVID, it really just delayed things. We couldn’t get trial dates; we couldn’t get cases to resolution. That’s better now, but unfortunately, we’re dealing with somewhat of a backlog, but I think that’s the case across the board.”

Outside of the courtroom, Vicknair serves on the Volunteers of America Board, an organization he said makes an incredible impact on the community. Serving on the board has been a pleasure, he said, especially as the pandemic brought the need for community services to the forefront.